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A Dancing Building

Elegantly placed hillside with sweeping views over the cultural centre of Stuttgart, Germany, 3XN has designed a unique new school for the Stuttgart Ballet. Centered between culture, nature and residential areas the orientation of the building is aimed in all three directions.

The volume consists of a number of uniform boxes that are rhythmically twisted around a spine in an upward movement – as if the building were a gracious dancer performing the perfect pirouette. The physical frame of the building thus becomes a clear reminder of the activities inside.

Space for Multiple Functions
Oriented towards the city, the lower levels contain facilities for the Stuttgart Ballet Company with practice rooms and dressing rooms. Students and dancers can arrive via the entrance which can be turned into a foyer space when performances are opened to the public.

Classrooms, cafeteria and school administration are found in the middle section which also holds the main entrance at level with the upper edge of the hill. The two top floors house the boarding school with great views toward the city and the green areas to the north.

Stairwell Creates Connections
Piercing the entire building is a stairwell which creates a visual and physical connection from the bottom to the top. The shifted levels and the variation of the staircases create mezzanines open for circulation, rest and transparent views vertically throughout the building. This creates space for natural exchange and synergy between the different functions and users of the building.

The outdoor terraces emerging through the twisting of the building provide many possibilities for relaxation and socializing between classes. Additional outdoor areas are placed on top of a decommissioned historical waterworks. The structures from the old water pools are reflected in the landscape.

About Company


We create architecture for people through a complex approach tailored to users and clients.

We build on the Scandinavian tradition of clear functionality and simple beauty. Each new project rests on the shoulders of our previous work, even though we always challenge conventions. We see each new project as a research that enhances our experience and sharpen our approach.

We combine a broad knowledge of materials, technology and user needs with organizational strengths in financial management, project management and execution. It gives us the freedom to push boundaries and challenge traditional thinking. And it means that we can work in safe knowledge that we can make playful and innovative architecture rise from the drawing board and come alive.

3XN translates visions into reality and is continually committed to making today's work tomorrow's architectural heritage.

Kim Herforth Nielsen, Architect MAA/RIBA, is the Founder of 3XN and Principal Architect with overall creative responsibility. Bo Boje Larsen, Architect MAA, is CEO and responsible for the detailed design process, administration, finance, strategy and organisation.

Jan Ammundsen, Architect MAA, is Head of the Competition Department.
Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, Architect MAA, is Director of 3XN’s Innovation Unit, GXN.